Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and blessed with hot summer days, NSW is spoilt for choice when it comes to where to cool off this summer.


Deputy Premier Troy Grant has been showcasing the best of NSW throughout January and this week has revealed Destination NSW’s ‘Top Ten’ Swimming Spots to cool off this summer.

“We have some of the most picturesque watering holes across NSW, whether it’s a secluded creek or an ocean rock pool, so why not check out some of the best swimming spots.

  •   Bondi Baths – The landmark Bondi Baths offer a 50 metre lap pool, or a smaller children’s pool, supervised by lifeguards, for the entire family to stay cool this summer.
  •   White’s Beach – One of the country’s best kept secrets, White’s Beach in Byron Bay offers a piece of secluded paradise with rocky cliffs, palm trees and pristine waters.
  •   MacCallum Pool – Head north to Cremorne Point to make the most of breathtaking Sydney Harbour views. Built in the 1920s, MacCallum Pool is surprisingly one of the quietest pools in Sydney. Next time you feel like a dip, head over to this idyllic spot.
  •   Blue Pool – Take a dip in Bermagui’s famous Blue Pool, a natural rock pool washed with crystal clear water and fantastic snorkelling, a must visit on the far South Coast.
  •   Wylie’s Baths – Wylie’s Baths at Coogee Beach, boasts sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and sits right below the Maroubra to Bondi coastal walkway. One of Sydney’s most beautiful ocean tidal pools, Wylie’s Baths is a favourite among visitors and locals alike.
  •  The Bogey Hole – Australia’s oldest ocean bath, The Bogey Hole, is located at Shortland Esplanade in Newcastle and has a rich history in the area dating back to the 1820s. Today, it’s a popular swimming spot for visitors and locals and is the perfect for a hot day.
  •   Fairy Bower Pool – Triangular in shape and boasting ‘The Sea Nymphs’ and ‘The Oceanides’ sculptures, Manly’s Fairy Bower Pool combines coastline, cooling down and creativity all in one relaxed location. It has been a favourite since it was built in 1929.
  •   Wombeyan Gorge – Just a 30-minute stroll from Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve’s visitor centre to Mares Forest Creek, is the spectacular Wombeyan Gorge natural swimming pool. The Southern Highlands’ water-filled hot-spot boasts sheer marble walls and exciting canyoning adventures.
  •   Greenwich Baths – Located on a Harbour-front beach at the tip of Greenwich Point, Greenwich Baths is perfect for families with beach toys for the kids, and sun-lounges for the adults and a kiosk serving the classics including fish and chips and ice creams.
  •   Angourie Blue Pool – Head North via Yamba to take a dip in the very popular swimming hole, Angourie Blue Pool. With family picnic spots located around picturesque freshwater pools, and walking tracks to guide your exploration of the rock shelf, the Blue Pool is well worth a visit.


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Arrnott Olssen
Editor Rogue Homme